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Best Knee Supports for Walking 2023

9 January 2023

Walking is more than just a way to get from A to B, a good walk can be a way to get in touch with yourself, feel refreshed or simply have a breath of fresh air. However, all the benefits of walking are lost when knee pain gets in the way. Injured knees can cause a lot of discomfort, even during simple exercise that doesn't put your knee under a lot of strain. Whether it be arthritis, ligament instability or something as extreme as recovering from knee replacement surgery, this selection of knee supports will help you to enjoy walking again.

Knee supports can be a confusing world with such a wide variety of helpful aids out there, and sometimes it's hard to know which one is right for you. We've consulted professional orthotists and industry experts to compile this selection of the Best Knee Supports for Walking so that you can find the right aid to your ailment. Whether you're heading out for a simple stroll or a huge hike, the supports featured in this blog will provide you with compression, protection and stability so that you feel comfortable getting out into the great outdoors.

What Will This Guide Cover?

This guide provides knee support solutions for an expansive list of walking related ailments and specific knee niches. In this guide, we present you with:

Best Knee Support for Walking

Winner: Actimove Everyday Closed-Patella Compression Knee Brace

Actimove Everyday Closed-Patella Compression Knee Brace

Why We Love It...

 Provides firm compression for excellent pain relief
 Simple sleeve is anatomically designed for comfort
 Ambidextrous design can be worn on either leg
 Can be worn everyday thanks to reinforced stitching

Perfect For...

 General knee pain
 Overuse injuries
 Sensitive skin

Not the Best For...

 Severe pain (See our solution)
 Heavy duty use (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: This compressive knee sleeve does a fantastic job at reducing pain, making the Actimove Everyday Closed-Patella Compression Knee Brace our best general knee support for walkers. With an anatomical design, this knee support is comfortable enough to wear all day every day and is made without latex or neoprene to prevent any irritation for sensitive skin.

Runner Up: LP Neoprene Closed Patella compression Knee Support


Best Compression Walking Assist

Winner: Thuasne Silistab Genu Elastic Patella Knee Brace

Thuasne Silistab Genu Elastic Patella Knee Brace

Why We Love It...

 Enhances proprioception with fantastic compression
 The knitted material is highly breathable for comfort
 Lateral reinforcements provide stability and support
 Unlike you, this brace won't walk thanks to silicone stays

Perfect For...

 Tendonitis (swelling)
 Patella pain
 Proprioceptive simulation

Not the Best For...

 Arthritis (See our solution)
 Stabilising (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Providing an exceptional 24mmHg of compression, the Thuasne Silistab Genu Elastic Patella Knee Brace helps to boost blood flow that in turn reduces pain. What's more, the targeted, medical grade compression works with the silicone stays to increase proprioception, so that you can enjoy the pain-free sensation of walking to its fullest.

We Spoke to Thuasne's Resident Orthotist, Who Said: "The compressive nature of the Silistab Genu Brace improves proprioception, which will aid in stability and potentially reduce pain"

Runner UpThuasne GenuPro Comfort Elastic Patella Knee Brace


Best Assist for Hiking

Winner: Bauerfeind GenuTrain Active Knee Brace

Bauerfeind GenuTrain Active Knee Brace

Why We Love It...

 Significantly strengthens the knee by unloading weight
 Viscoelastic Omega pad actively massages the knee
 Reduce swelling as you walk and feel more supported
 Designed for wearer comfort with soft hollow of the knee

Perfect For...

 Hiking and heavy-duty use
 Swollen and weak knees
 Post operative conditions

Not the Best For...

 Value for money (See our solution)
 Patella tracking (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Hiking involves tough terrain which is significantly more intensive for your knees than walking, that's why the heavy-duty Bauerfeind GenuTrain Active Knee Brace is the perfect support for the job. With an integrated massage pad that actively reduces swelling while you wear the support, this brace is perfect for light but effective relief throughout your beautiful hike.

Runner Up: Donjoy Tru Pull Advanced Hinged Knee Support


Best Support for Walking with Arthritis

Winner: Actimove Arthritis Care Warming Knee Support

Actimove Everyday Closed-Patella Compression Knee Brace

Why We Love It...

 Ceramic fibres warm and compress for arthritis relief
 Light compression aids circulation for knee elasticity
 Warming effect is ideal for use throughout the winter
 Latex and neoprene free so it is suited to sensitive skin

Perfect For...

 Arthritis
 Mild knee pain
 Sensitive skin

Not the Best For...

 Patella tracking (See our solution)
 Hot weather (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: By using ceramic fibres to warm your joint while providing compression, the Actimove Arthritis Care Warming Knee Support gives you exceptional relief at an affordable price. Although arthritis can cause a lot of stiffness and pain, the comfortable and warming design of this brace encourages knee elasticity that allows your joint to stay active so that you can go for walks pain-free.

Runner Up: LP Ceramic Compression Knee Support


Best Knee Support for After Knee Replacement

Winner: Donjoy Armor Knee Brace with Fourcepoint Hinge

Donjoy Full Force ACL Protection Knee Brace with FourcePoint

Why We Love It...

 Decrease pressure on your ligament by up to 13% 
 Innovative Four-Points-of-Leverage system reduces load
 Adjustable resistance threshold works with your recovery
 Constructed from aluminium used on light aircraft

Perfect For...

 Post-ACL reconstruction/knee replacement
 ACL, PCL and LCL instabilities
 Severe pain and difficulty walking

Not the Best For...

 Affordability (See our solution)
 Wearing discreetly (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Using four points of leverage on your thigh, femur, posterior and anterior tibia, the Donjoy Armor Knee Brace with Fourcepoint Hinge reduces the load on your ligaments so that your knee can function more effectively. The heavy-duty build is perfect for getting you walking after an operation as you can reduce the resistance to increase the strength of your knee in line with your recovery.

When We Asked Donjoy, They Said: "The Donjoy Armor is durable and lightweight. It's highly flexible, making it great for recovery."

Runner Up: Donjoy Full Force ACL Protection Knee Brace with FourcePoint


Best Stabilising Knee Support for Walkers

Winner: LP Extreme Open Patella Knee Support with Posterior Strap

LP Extreme Open Patella Knee Support with Posterior Strap

Why We Love It...

 The open patella design prevents abnormal knee movement
 Minimalist design stays securely with hook and loop straps
 Built with bilateral stays that provide extra joint support
 Coolprene material is breathable for dynamic protection

Perfect For...

 Improving patella tracking
 Relieving patella pressure
 Chondromalacia patella

Not the Best For...

 Compression (See our solution)
 High activity (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: By stabilising your patella, the LP Extreme Open Patella Knee Support with Posterior Strap greatly improves your knee stability without needing a huge or bulky build. The discreet knee brace uses a doughnut shaped opening to relieve patella pressure and prevent unwanted tracking for stability, so that you can walk with a natural and comfortable gait.

Runner Up: BioSkin Q Baby Patella Tendon Knee Strap


Best Patella Tracking Knee Support for Walkers

Winner: Ossur Form Fit Tracker Patella Realignment Knee Brace

Ossur Form Fit Tracker Patella Knee Brace

Why We Love It...

 Innovative design realigns the kneecap to prevent slippage
 Tight fit is soft and breathable thanks to FlyWeight fabric
 ReflexWing gives dynamic, micro-adjustable lateral support
 CustomFit hinges mean you can precisely tailor your fit

Perfect For...

 Kneecap subluxation/dislocation
 Patella maltracking misalignment
 Highly Adaptable Support

Not the Best For...

 Affordability (See our solution)
 Wearing in warm weather (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Following a kneecap dislocation or subluxation, walking can cause a lot of pain and serve to aggravate swelling. The Ossur FormFit Tracker Patella Realignment Knee Brace uses innovative and precise support to provide an exceptional degree of lateral stability. Breathable and soft on your skin, this brace is the ultimate solution to patellar maltracking.

When We Asked Ossur, They Said: "The FormFit Tracker works like kinesiology tape but better, and is more long term than taping"

Runner UpOssur Blue Form Fit Pro Compression Knee Support 


Best Value for Money Walking Knee Support

Winner: Oppo Pull-On Elastic Knee Support

Oppo Pull-On Elastic Knee Support

Why We Love It...

 Affordable, elasticated compression knee sleeve
 Material stretches four ways with cotton for comfort
 Gentle compression promotes healing and flexibility
✔ Stretch composition gives you the freedom to move

Perfect For...

 Mild arthritis
 Knee strains
 Minor sprains

Not the Best For...

 Ligament injury (See our solution)
 Heavy duty use (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: If you're in pain but not suffering from a serious condition and looking to get the most distance out of your pennies, then the Oppo Pull-On Elastic Knee Support is for the brace for you. The elasticated compression that this brace provides is tight fitting with minimal friction for gentle pressure that supports your joint throughout the day.

See What Our Customers Say: "The Knee Support is very good and is made of excellent material. Easy to use and very comfortable to wear." - Brian

Runner Up: Thuasne Sport Light Open Patella Knee Support

Best Knee Support for Hot Weather Walking

Winner: Ultimate Performance Advanced Elastic Compression Knee Support

Ultimate Performance Advanced Elastic Compression Knee Support

Why We Love It...

 Made without neoprene for a cooler, more flexible fit
 Graduated compression supports critical joint areas
 Material wicks away moisture to prevent overheating
 Although lightweight, it provides excellent compression

Perfect For...

 Bursitis
 Tendonitis
 Weak, stiff or aching knees

Not the Best For...

 Patella tracking (See our solution)
 Severe pain (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Suited to sensitive skin, the lightweight and breathable properties of the Ultimate Performance Advanced Elastic Compression Knee Support make it well suited for wear in hot environments where walking will produce a lot of perspiration. The neoprene-free build provides excellent compression while wicking away moisture to ensure your joint stays dry, perfect for hot weather.

The Industry Expert at Ultimate Performance Said: "This support does everything neoprene does, but is more comfortable and less restrictive to wear."

Runner Up: LP Extreme Open Patella Knee Support


Best Accessory for Walkers

Winner: The Aircast Knee Cold Therapy Cryo Cuff and Cooler Bundle

Thuasne Sport Light Open Patella Knee Support

Why We Love It...

 Cold compression designed to cover your whole joint
 Excellent for recovery and reducing inflammation
 Provides up to 8 hours of cryotherapy per full cooler 
✔ Safe to use, easy to setup with simple, gravity-fed system

Perfect For...

 Post-workout recovery
 Knee replacement recovery
 Swelling, arthritis and tendonitis

Try an Upgrade: Enjoy automatic compression with the Aircast Cryo/Cuff with Automatic Therapcy IC Cooler

 

Editor's Verdict: If you have a serious knee injury or problem which frequently occurs after walking, then post-walk support from the Aircast Knee Cold Therapy Cryo Cuff and Cooler Bundle will provide exceptional recovery assistance. A modern take on the ice pack, the cuff is anatomically shaped to completely cover your knee while providing cold compression that relaxes and resets your joint post-walk.

See What Our Customers Say: "This has been a lifesaver... The combination of compression and cooling together has made a big difference in reducing inflammation" - Yasmin

Runner Up: Dynamint Knee Pain Relief Cream (473ml)

These Supports Are Made for Walking, and That's Just What They'll Do...

We hope this blog has encouraged you to get walking again, whatever your condition or specific support that you're looking for. Simply purchase the support that is right for you and you're knee-arly there! The final step is getting outside and enjoying a walk around your local park, to see some sites or simply heading down to the shops. However, if you haven't quite found the knee support that is right for you, feel free to explore some more of our exceptional knee support ranges:

Have any specific questions or comments about this blog? We'd love to hear from you. Keep us updated with how your return to walking has gone in the comments section down below.